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Easy Christmas Tassel Ornament DIY

Have you ever participated in an Ornament Exchange?  Yes, of course you have because who hasn’t at one time or another #amiright.  Have you ever participated in one where you’ve never ever met the person?  That’s a little intimidating and that’s where the story of the Easy Christmas Tassel Ornament begins.

Beautiful Christmas Tassel Ornaments.

 

So I signed up for an online Ornament Exchange with a group of talented bloggers.  We were paired up with someone who has a similar Christmas decorating style as our own, but whom we’ve never met.  I had a description of her decorating style to go after a few email exchanges and not much else to go on.  Since it sounded like we had very similar style I decided I’d make something I’d love hanging on my own tree.

I was paired with Roseann from This Autoimmune Life because we both love decorating with Red, White, and Silver.  I received a beautiful ornament from Roseanne last week and I can’t wait to hang it on my tree  It’s big and red/white/silver and it’s fantastic.  Links to all the bloggers are below and you’ll find direct links to their projects in the images at the bottom of the post.

Keep reading below to see my tutorial.

This is my first year participating in the Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! (2017 edition)  and there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!  Done, Done, and Done 🙂

Christmas Tassel Ornament Hop Pic

 

Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts

Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures  Kim · Made In A Day  Amanda · Domestically Creative
Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons  Michelle · Our Crafty Mom
Beverly · Across the Blvd.  Christene · Key to Inspiration  Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things
Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place  Megan · C’mon Get Crafty
Hilary · Raising Fairies and Knights  Emily · Two Purple Couches
Tina · One Crafty Mess  Marie · The Inspiration Vault  Debra · Shoppe No. 5
Trisha · Rosewood and Grace  Jeanie · Create and Babble  Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K
Terri · Christmas Tree Lane  Maureen · Red Cottage Chronicles
Toni ⋅ Small Home Soul  Ula ⋅ Lulu & Celeste  Sue ⋅ A Purdy Little House
Pamela · Home On The Corner  Lorelai Life with Lorelai  Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify
Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style  Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says  Chelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den
Susan ⋅ Super Mom – No Cape!  Molly ⋅ Just a Little Creativity
Roseann ⋅ This Autoimmune Life  Angela ⋅ Simply Beautiful by Angela
Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod  Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey
Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY  Sam ⋅ Raggedy Bits  Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog
Cyn ⋅ Creative Cynchronicity  Dione ⋅ Clever Chameleon Quilting
Erica ⋅ Erica Ever After  Chelsea ⋅ Love Paper Crafts  Evija ⋅ From Evija with Love
Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home  Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche  Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie
Pam · P.S. I Love You Crafts

 


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Easy Christmas Tassel Ornament Supplies

To make your own tassel ornaments we’ll start by making the loops that your ornament will hang from.

  • Cut a 24″ piece of yarn (you can cut off excess later) and thread the embroidery needle.
  • Thread the needle through all three of the Pearl Beads and push them toward the end of the yarn.
  • Keeping a loop above last Pearl Bead you threaded run the needle back through the three beads.

String Beads for Christmas Tassel Ornament Loop.

  • Leave the needle threaded on the yarn, we’ll use it in a bit.

All Beads strung for Christmas Tassel Ornament.

  • Putting a finger into the loop make both ends of the yarn even.
  • Tie a knot at the top of the loop about 2″ from the top.
  • Slide one pearl bead up to the knot and make a second knot below the 1st Pearl Bead.

Knots around beads on Christmas Tassel Ornament.

If you slip the needle into the loop of the knot (shown above) you can slide the knot close to the Pearl Bead before tightening.

  • Continue making knots until you have a knot above and below all beads.

Wrapping the Tassel

  • Lay one long end of the Tassel Loop (without the needle) on the outside edge of the cup and slip the rest inside the cup to keep it out of the way.
  • Wrap your Red Sparkle yarn around the cup 75 times (fewer times for a less full tassel) and clip.
  • Take the needle on the other end of the beaded section and slide it from the opposite direction under the yarn around the cup.

Tying the threads on Christmas Tassel Ornament.

  • Give the threads a good pull and hold them tight as you slip the loops off the cup.

Tie beads to Christmas Tassel Ornament.

  • To keep the loops from getting tangled together until you get a good knot tied, slip the scissors or a ruler through the loops.
  • Center the beads over the loops and make a good knot on the inside of the loops where it will be hidden.

Christmas Tassel Ornament with beads attached.

Tying the Tassel Ornament Neck

This is where your Christmas Tassel Ornament really starts to look like a tassel.

  • Thread an 18″ section of yarn.
  • Holding the tassel by the beads smooth out the yarn. Then squeeze your thumb and index finger around the tassel about 1″ from beads.
  • Wrap the loose end of yarn tightly around the neck of the tassel about 15 times.
  • To tie off push the needle through the middle of the neck you just wrapped.  Pull tight and press with your thumb.
  • Wrap 3/4 turn and push the needle through the middle again.  Do this one more time and trim close.

Wrap neck of Christmas Tassel Ornament.

  • Cut the looped ends of the tassles.

Cutting loop ends on Christmas Tassel Ornament.

  • Comb the yarn with your fingers to straighten.
  • Squeezing the end of the Christmas Tassel Ornament in your hand and trim the ends.

Trim ends of Christmas Tassel Ornament.

And with that your Easy Christmas Tassel Ornament is complete and beautiful.  Don’t you love the sparkly yarn?

Full Christmas Tassel Ornament.

You can make up several of these in a short time and give them at your next ornament exchange 🙂

Pearls and the beautiful Christmas Tassel Ornament.

Make them for your own tree, or as a beautiful addition to a wrapped present.

Finished Christmas Tassel Ornament.

Making these ornaments with a closed loop at the top takes a little bit longer, but I think it’s worth the extra few steps.  And I’m happy to report that Roseann loved her Christmas Tassel Ornaments.  Yes, I sent her two because they were so easy to make.

Now for more inspiration, check out all the Ornaments below that were created for this Ornament Exchange.


FIND ALL 47 HANDMADE ORNAMENT TUTORIALS BELOW AND SHARE YOURS TOO! Use Hashtag #2017OrnamentExchange so we can see your creations on social media.


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Susie

Monday 1st of January 2018

I don't know how I missed reviewing the tutorial for this neato tassel ornament, but so glad I stopped by today. It's so adorable and so easy to make any color in the universe. Love the elegance the pearls add, too. It's a fabulous idea! Thanks so much for sharing1 ~~ Susie from The Chelsea Project

Hil

Wednesday 29th of November 2017

I've never made a tassel before. It looks so pretty for the tree.

I pinned to my group board. Love participating in the Ornament Exchange I get such amazing ideas!!

Debbie Lynn Pearl

Wednesday 29th of November 2017

I just love that you could make so many of these and there is such pretty yarn to try this with! Sharing on pinterest!

Emily

Friday 24th of November 2017

Love your tassel ornaments! They're so pretty!

Erlene

Friday 24th of November 2017

These yarn tassels are lovely. I like how you added little pearls to dress them up. This would match our tree too!

Toni Harvey

Tuesday 2nd of January 2018

Thank you Erlene, and thank you for having me in the exchange, it was so fun. I'm sorry for the late response, apparently I wasn't getting notifications of new comments. I can't wait for next year's exchange!